MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – “Pine bark and flavored water” – that’s what the food offerings amount to in one school district, according to the high school principal.
This fall, students at Socastee High School will see a big change in their lunch and snack offerings.
Most notably, the school has banned Chick-fil-A in order to comply with food regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama. Special education students will bear the brunt of the change.
Socastee High students who liked their Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches will be out of luck in the fall, as a regular sandwich contains 440 calories and 1,390 milligrams of sodium, according to the company’s website. The sandwich loss also will affect the school’s special education students, whose field trips were funded by the sales.
“They don’t meet the standards — we’re struggling with it,” said Socastee Principal Paul Browning. “The Chick-fil-A profits went directly to the field trips. We’ve got to raise some money, but we will figure something out.”
“I’ve never seen anybody come to high school thin and leave fat,” Browning added, “but we will sell what qualifies. It amounts to pine bark and flavored water, and it’s going to severely limit what kids will be able to buy during the school day.”
“We’re feeding the trash cans,” said Laura Farmer, director of food services for Horry County Schools.
“We don’t really know how much, but some students throw it away. We do know our cost is up because you’ve got to buy it to serve it. We’ve lost participation, and it’s hurting us financially,” Farmer said, according to the news site.
Schools like Socastee are banning lunch items and snacks deemed to have too much sugar, fat and sodium “due to the latest round of federal nutrition guidelines aimed at instilling healthy habits in students,” Myrtle Beach Online reports.
“Teachers and students, however, will have to adjust their cupcakes and other classroom treats accordingly, and the occasional bake sale during school hours will go by the wayside.”
Others aren’t taking the new federal rules quite so easily.
“I would tell her, mom to mom, to stay out of my child’s lunch box. She can feed her kids whatever she wants, but if I want to feed my kids a cupcake and peanut butter sandwich, it isn’t her business. Here in fly over country, we like cupcakes,” former Howell, Michigan school board member Wendy Day tells EAGnews